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Amy Whitelaw

Amy Whitelaw

Associate Attorney; Allen, Allen, Allen, & Allen, P.C.
  • Personal Injury, Products Liability
  • Virginia
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Amy Whitelaw is a personal injury attorney in the Richmond, Virginia office of Allen & Allen. She focuses her practice exclusively on personal injury cases including motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck accidents and wrongful death. Amy is committed to defending her clients' rights against insurance companies and safeguarding their best interests throughout the litigation process. Amy prides herself on providing the best client service and communication. She is able to explain options and legal concepts so that her clients always remain informed. When litigation is necessary, Amy combines her advocacy and communication skills to effectively represent her clients in the courtroom.

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Amy received her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University’s School of Public Affairs. She earned her J.D. cum laude from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. She was a member of both the Trial Advocacy Board and the Moot Court Board. Amy also served as an Articles Editor for the University of Richmond Law Review.

Following graduation, Amy was admitted to the Order of the Barristers and awarded the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award. She has participated in nearly 200 mock trials over the past eleven years, giving her an impressive amount of trial experience well beyond that of most other recent law school graduates. She worked as a Summer Associate for the Allen Law Firm while in law school.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Associate Attorney
Allen, Allen, Allen, & Allen, P.C.
- Current
Summer Associate
Allen, Allen, Allen, & Allen, P.C.
- Current
• Conducted General District Court trials in personal injury cases with supervising attorney • Performed legal research for appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia, drafted motions in limine for Circuit Court cases, memorialized contents of client meetings, expert witness meetings and client files. • Observed client intake, trial preparation, depositions, mediations, trials and settlement conferences.
Student Circulation Desk Assistant
University of Richmond Law Library
• Assist patrons with locating, checking out and returning library books and materials • Perform customer service by answering patron's questions, directing them to proper offices and demonstrating use of law library catalog system
Legal Intern to the Honorable David J. Novak, U.S. Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court, E.D. Va.
• Review records and draft reports and recommendations in Social Security disability appeals • Prepare memoranda and participate in settlement conferences • Observe court proceedings including bond hearings, initial appearances and motions arguments.
Summer Intern
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
• Analyzed case files for legal issues, researched case law, drafted memoranda and recommended action on cases involving Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. • Organized investigative plans to outline next steps and prepare for possible litigation in discrimination investigations by determining witnesses to interview and arranging interview outlines and documents to request. • Interviewed charging parties and accused employers about alleged claims of workplace discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. • Drafted charges of discrimination for charging parties asserting discrimination against employers summarizing the facts of the allegations for the charging party to review and notifying employers of pending charges.
Legal Intern
Apex Systems
• Review contracts and draft compliance notes for non-legal offices to ensure proper adherence to agreements and avoid violations • Draft contract amendments • Assist in implementation and organization of new contract logging software • Complete legal research as requested by Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
Research Assistant for Professor Jim Gibson
University of Richmond School of Law
• Research law school rankings and peer school curriculums • Examine complaints in over 300 copyright cases to determine industry of plaintiff and defendant to compile spreadsheet used for later analysis
Intern, Consumer Protection Branch
U.S. Department of Justice
• Reviewed and catalogued discovery production in cases involving thousands of digital and hard copy files • Evaluate consumer mail, determined possible courses of action, forwarded to proper departments and drafted responses on consumer fraud, home loan modification, timeshares and other consumer complaints • Performed legal research, drafted memoranda and briefed senior attorneys and working groups on cases involving consumer fraud, residential mortgage backed securities and financial information • Developed legal writing, editing and citation skills by reviewing briefs and motions for proper citations and references before filing
Office of Academic Affairs Student Assistant
American University Washington College of Law
• Compiled and maintained database of more than 500 adjunct faculty members, including contact information, compensation, classes taught and university identification numbers • Assisted adjunct faculty with course preparation; posted textbooks, uploaded syllabi and readings to student site • Aided Associate Deans with special projects involving confidential faculty matters, prepared faculty course release requests and coordinated student evaluations • Reviewed and analyzed student course evaluations to determine faculty awards, flag issues and track data • Completed research projects for the Faculty Planning Committee
• Staffed satellite office of the largest full service suburban law firm in Western New York, with over 40 attorneys • Organized the move of over 30 years of legal files as part of the merger of two law firms • Created and maintained office filing system from scratch after merger occurred • Drafted letters to clients and opposing counsel to keep them briefed on ongoing cases • Served subpoenas to law firms, businesses and private individuals on behalf of the law firm • Supported three attorneys with court preparation by scheduling court dates, contacting other attorneys and witnesses and categorizing and maintaining discovery productions.
University of Richmond School of Law
J.D. (2015) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
American University
B.A. (2012) | Interdisciplinary Studies – Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government
Order of the Barristers
University of Richmond
Given to graduating students who have distinguished themselves as written and oral advocates through interscholastic competition in moot court and trial advocacy.
Student Advocacy Award
International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Presented annually to a student who demonstrates an overall ability in trial advocacy by high achievement in trial practice, evidence, and pleading and procedure courses. Selected by faculty members.
CALI Excellence for the Future Award
Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
Awarded for the highest class grade in Advanced Trial Practice, Spring 2015
Robert A. Slimak Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy
University of Richmond School of Law Trial Advocacy Board
Awarded to the student in the final round of the Intrascholastic Trial Advocacy Competition with the highest average scores.
Professional Associations
Order of Barristers
Virginia State Bar # 89668
University of Richmond Law Review
Articles Editor, Volume 49
University of Richmond Moot Court Board
Former Member
Activities: -Semi Finalist, 2015 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition -Semi Finalist, 2014 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition -Participant, 2014 NYCB Moot Court Competition Regional -Participant, 2014 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Washington D.C. Regional -Quarter Finalist, 2013 NYCB Moot Court Competition Regional -Quarter Finalist, Barnett Moot Court Competition -One of 9 first year students invited to join the board for excellence in written and oral advocacy out of over 60 competitors -Member of the Editing Committee, responsible for updating Board bylawsless
University of Richmond School of Law Trial Advocacy Board
Former Member
Activities: -Winner, 2014 San Diego Defense Lawyers Trial Advocacy Competition -Semi-Finalist, 2014 John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition -Runner Up, Best Oral Advocate, 2014 John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition -Logistics Chair, 2013 Intra-scholastic Competition -Finalist, 2013 American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Washington, D.C. Regional -Winner, 2013 Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Trial Advocacy Competition -Winner, 2012 Intra-Scholastic Competition
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
Former Member
Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity
Former Member
Activities: -Invited to join after first semester as part of the top 30% of 1L class
American University Student Government
Board of Elections Member
Activities: -Heard complaints from student government campaigns regarding violations of campaign rules
American University Mock Trial
Former Vice President
Activities: -Competed in undergraduate mock trial tournaments -Received awards for outstanding witness portrayal and outstanding attorney performance -Responsible for arranging logistics for a team of over 30 competitors to travel by booking hotel rooms and arranging transportation
Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity
Former Member
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